Sep 282018

Chair - Forth Estuary Forum

Reference: 1532
Remuneration: Unremunerated
Location: Falkirk
Closing date: 31 October 2018 at midnight

Forth Estuary Forum seeks new Chair

The Forum is inviting expressions of interest and nominations for a new Chairperson to lead its Board. The Board meets quarterly and is responsible for all aspects of governance of this charitable company. The chair should have a keen interest in the sustainable planning, management and use of the Forth and its environs and be able to demonstrate effective communication, leadership and team-working skills. A business background and / or experience of work with Local Authorities would be advantageous. The chair is appointed in a personal capacity. The position is voluntary and unpaid, although the chair can claim for travelling expenses. The role is for three years, with re-election if so desired according to our Articles.

In addition to chairing the Board, the chair also oversees quarterly management group meetings - eight meetings per year in total, plus one AGM and annual conference.

Submissions should consist of an e-mail with details of qualifications, work and other relevant experience and interests addressed to

Chair Selection Criteria

The Articles allow for 3-8 Directors, all of whom serve in a personal, voluntary capacity, one of which must chair.

Within the board we seek a range of relevant qualities, experience and expertise among men and women who are enthusiastic, committed to the Forum's aims and able to lead, work as a team and communicate effectively.

In contextual terms the board seeks to include a chair with experience of management and leadership of:

  • Public sector/Government bodies;
  • Business and commercial sector;
  • Charity and communications.

In subject terms the board seeks to encompass knowledge and experience in:

  • Natural heritage and resource management
  • Legal and financial management
  • Local Authority and planning matters
  • Recreation, access and community involvement.
  • Education and communications.

The chair should ideally have a good network of contacts from around the Forth area, drawn from the sectors and subjects listed above.

These attributes are not exclusive but may be regarded as the main criteria for a chair appointment.

The Forum has a staff complement of one full time manager and one half time administrator, based at Baltic House, Central Dock Road, Grangemouth FK3 8TY; board meetings are held here and management group meetings are held at partners' offices around the Forth.

Please share this great opportunity with your networks to enable us to find the right candidate for the job.

Application Information

Please contact either the Forum Manager, Chris Cutts ( tel 01324 473760) or the current Forum Chair, Ruth Briggs (; tel 07968 959440) for more information or discussion.

More information on the Forum can be found on our website

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